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Fret Sprout

Postby marzzz » Sun May 21, 2017 10:54 pm

So back in January I received my wonderful Deep Teal Flame HH2X, one of the last ones with the JCustom bridge. Originally ordered in August, it was built Sept-Oct 2016, and then waited a couple of months for JCustom to deliver the bridge to Kiesel. I have enjoyed playing this guitar since, but have now noticed "fret sprout" along the edges of the fretboard. The Teal's neck specs are: 14" radius, dark rosewood fretboard, stainless steel medium jumbo frets. It is definitely noticeable while playing.

Sitting right next to the Teal HH2X is my 2014 CRM HH2X with the exact same neck spec, and it doesn't exhibit this problem at all. The fret ends are beautifully flush and smooth, despite the fact I live in Arizona. Other than oiling the rosewood fretboard with F-One oil every string change (about every 4 months) I have not done anything to treat the wood, humidify, etc.

My theory is that Southern California was in a drought the past few years, and the 2014 CRM was built in similar conditions to where it resides now, while the 2017 Teal was built during an unusually wet period this past fall-winter, and has now dried out slightly. Question is, is it reasonable to have the fret ends filed down? I would definitely want to send this to Kiesel as opposed to having anyone else work with the SS frets.

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Re: Fret Sprout

Postby tg1 » Mon May 22, 2017 12:14 am

I've also gotten some (stainless) fret ends sticking slightly out on my Aries (built last december-january).
Not enough to affect playability, although it's easily felt when running my finger down the sides of the fret board.
And this is _all_ 24 frets, on both sides.
I don't really want to send my beloved Kiesel to a random store here in Norway, so I guess I'm just going to live with it :) (As mentioned, it's not at all noticable when playing, so not really a big deal.) ;)

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Re: Fret Sprout

Postby marzzz » Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:24 am

Well, I oiled the heck out of the rosewood fretboard and it helped, but there is still enough fret sprout that it is somewhat uncomfortable to play. I will be sending it back to Kiesel to have them file the frets down a bit. Stewmac does sell a Fret End File, but I have no experience using one and would not want to risk my precious last of its kind Kiesel HH2X.

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Re: Fret Sprout

Postby spudmunkey » Fri Jun 02, 2017 9:21 am

If I remember right, ElfDude had that done, and again, if I remember right, the issue never returned (which makes sense because wood can only shrink so much).

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Re: Fret Sprout

Postby dejabluguitar » Fri Jun 02, 2017 10:14 am

Kind of a common issue. I've had the problem on a couple of my maple boards.
I purchased a special file from Stew-Mac , designed just for this purpose.
It's easy to use and is designed not to mar the fretboard. Once you touch up the fret ends, seasonal changes should not be problem any longer.
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Re: Fret Sprout

Postby ElfDude » Fri Jun 02, 2017 11:46 am

spudmunkey wrote:If I remember right, ElfDude had that done, and again, if I remember right, the issue never returned (which makes sense because wood can only shrink so much).


It's true. The in-stock Bolt I bought in 2008 got some nasty fret sprout. Tey took it back under warranty and re-filed the fret ends for me. Been a happy camper with it ever since.
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